The central health ministry has updated national case and fatality numbers for the coronavirus outbreak in India. Here are key takeaways.
India’s total number of coronavirus cases has risen to over 24,500*, a number that includes more than 5,000 people who have recovered: a heartening milestone.
But fatalities have risen to 775 — a grim toll, but relatively smaller compared to numbers coming out of other large countries battling the pathogen like the United States, which leads the world in coronavirus cases and deaths.
The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was first discovered in China but has rapidly swept across the world in a pandemic that has crippled economic activity and prompted the IMF to warn of a sharp fall in global growth.
Here are key takeaways from the updated central government data on India’s coronavirus cases.
1. More than 18,600 cases are still active, meaning that the patients are yet to recover.
2. As many as 5,062 people have recovered. The World Health Organisation says four-fifths of all coronavirus patients get better without needed treatment at a hospital.
3. The current death toll of 775 translates to a fatality rate of around 3.16 per cent.
4. Maharashtra continues to lead Indian states and territories in total cases (6,817) and deaths (301).
5. Tamil Nadu has the highest number of recovered patients: more than 860.
6. With 127 fatalities from over 2,800 cases, Gujarat has the second-highest death toll in India, followed by Madhya Pradesh (92) and Delhi (53).
7. Some states in the Northeast have been spared high caseloads. For example, one person each has been infected in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram; the Arunachal patient has recovered. Sikkim is yet to report a single case.
8. Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu, and Lakshadweep, are also yet to report cases.
9. The information above is based on an update provided at 8 am on Saturday, April 25.
10. Data provided by the health ministry may not reflect current figures in states.